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The 9th Annual Library Leadership Institute

Reinventing the Academic Library: Challenges and Opportunities

Bangkok, Thailand. 29 April - 3 May 2011 

organised by The University of Hong Kong Libraries

in conjunction with



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Following on from the successful Institutes held since 2003, the University of Hong Kong Libraries is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Library Leadership Institute with the theme of Reinventing the Academic Library: Challenges and Opportunities.

This residential Institute will provide library directors and senior librarians from the Asia region with the unique opportunity to develop new skills in the volatile area of management and leadership in the information sector. The program will provide a cost effective means of accessing the excellent management training services provided by experts in the field from America, Australia, Hong Kong and mainland China.

The primary objectives of the Institute are:

1. To develop and enhance management and leadership qualities in academic and research librarians in the Asia region, and;

2. To enhance collaboration and foster relations among academic and research libraries in the region.


The Institute will be conducted over 5 days. It must be emphasized that this is not a conference where attendees sit and listen to papers. This is an Institute requiring all attendees to be fully participative enabling them to explore their own leadership and management styles as well as learning new techniques from facilitators and from other attendees. The Institute will focus on the individual manager's role in providing leadership within a complex and changing library environment.


Institute Content

Formal sessions

Over the course of the 5 days, participants will engage in learner-driven activities designed to build skills and awareness required of leaders in today’s library environment. These sessions will be a pleasing mix of formal presentation, small group discussions and interactive simulation activities. Formal Sessions to be covered include:

•  Leadership in today’s research library
•  Research libraries: reconfiguring organizational boundaries in a network environment
•  Rethinking information literacy in higher education
•  Reconfiguring learning spaces in academic libraries
•  Research libraries: collection directions
•  In the flow: resource discovery and disclosure
•  eLearning and libraries: natural convergences in anetworked environment
•  Managing complex projects
•  Research libraries: a view of environmental issues: education, network, economy


Case Study

In addition to a wide range of Formal Sessions to be covered during the formal sessions, a case study outlining a problem will be given to groups of participants to enable them to work as a team and, using the range of skills learnt during the Institute, develop a viable solution. Set times will be allocated during the Institute to enable case study teams to get together and work on a solution. The Institute will wind up with each team providing a presentation on their findings.

ENGLISH will be the mode of instruction, with limited Chinese translations supplementing.





29 April


30 April


1 May


2 May


3 May


8:30 am



Welcome, Introductions, and Case Study Overview
(Peter Sidorko)

Reconfiguring Learning Spaces in Academic Libraries
(Michael Robinson)


eLearning and libraries: natural convergences in a networked environment
(Dianne Cmor and Peter Sidorko)

Cultural visits

9:30 am

Leadership in Today’s Research Library
(Peter Sidorko)

Managing Complex Projects
(Michael Robinson and Peter Sidorko)

10:30 am

Tea Break


Tea Break


Tea Break


10:45 am


Research Libraries: A View of Environmental Issues: Education, Network, Economy
(Lorcan Dempsey)

Research Libraries: Collection Directions
(Lorcan Dempsey)

Research Libraries: Reconfiguring Organizational Boundaries in a Network Environment
(Lorcan Dempsey)

12:30 pm

Elsevier Presentation
By Airani Ramli

ProQuest Presentation
By Mr Boe Horton

iGroup Presentation

1:00 pm









2:00 pm


Check in

Rethinking information literacy in higher education
(Dianne Cmor)

In the Flow: Resource Discovery and Disclosure
(Lorcan Dempsey)


Case Study Presentations
(Peter Sidorko)

Conclusion and
wrap up



Library visit

3:30 pm

Tea Break


Tea Break


3:45 pm

Case Study Preparation Time

Case Study Preparation Time

4:00 pm

Free time

5:00 pm

6:00 pm


Free time

Free time

6:30 pm

Welcome Dinner at Hotel

Dinner outside

Dinner outside

Dinner outside


Targeted Audience

The Institute is limited to 40 participants who will be academic and research librarians invited from Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, and other countries. These participants will be:

•  Library directors and deputy directors
•  Library administrators
•  Current supervisors/managers
•  Prospective supervisors/managers
•  Team leaders.


Institute Venue

Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok Hotel, 155/1 Soi Mahadlekluang 1, Rajdamri Road, Bangkok, 10330 Thailand
See <http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bkkcy-courtyard-bangkok/>

Principal Facilitators

Mr Lorcan Dempsey dempseyl@oclc.org
Vice President and Chief Strategist, OCLC

Lorcan   Mr Lorcan Dempsey oversees the research division and participates in planning at OCLC. He is a librarian who has worked for library and educational organizations in Ireland, England and the US.

Lorcan has policy, research and service development experience, mostly in the area of networked information and digital libraries. He writes and speaks extensively, and can be followed on the web at Lorcan Dempsey's weblog and on twitter. Before moving to OCLC Lorcan worked for JISC in the UK, overseeing national information programs and services, and before that was Director of UKOLN at the a national UK research and policy unit at the University of Bath.


Other Presenters / Facilitators will include:

Mr Peter Sidorko peters@hkucc.hku.hk
University Librarian and Institute Director, The University of Hong Kong Libraries
President, The Hong Kong Library Association

Peter   Peter Sidorko has 28 years of experience in academic libraries in Australia and Hong Kong. He is the recently appointed (January 1, 2011) University Librarian at the University of Hong Kong. In this role Peter is responsible for setting the vision and the strategic direction for the Libraries within the University of Hong Kong. Peter is also a part-time lecturer in the University of Hong Kong's information science courses offered through the Faculty of Education and the University's continuing education school, HKU SPACE, with subjects focusing on information policy, management, leadership and strategic planning. Peter's interest in effective management and leadership in libraries led to the establishment of the University of Hong Kong's Annual Library Leadership Institute in 2003, aimed at developing leadership qualities in Asian librarians, and now in its ninth year of operation. Peter was also a Faculty member of the Educause Australasian Leadership Institute between 2001 and 2003.


Mr Michael Robert Owen Robinson robinson@ied.edu.hk
Institute Librarian, The Hong Kong Institute of Education

Michael   Michael Robinson has over twenty five years management and consulting experience in academic libraries in Australia, Vietnam and Hong Kong. He is currently the Institute Librarian at The Hong Kong Institute of Education, and also holds a concurrent appointment as the founding Director of the Hong Kong Museum of Education. Prior to these appointments, Mr Robinson was the Director of Library and Learning Resource Centre projects at RMIT International University Vietnam, where he was responsible for the establishment of four academic libraries with Vietnamese universities, and was also actively involved in a range of library infrastructure development programs in Vietnam.


Ms Dianne Cmor dcmor@hkbu.edu.hk
Head of Information Services, The Hong Kong Baptist University Library

Dianne   Dianne Cmor is currently Head of Information Services at the Hong Kong Baptist University Library, where she is responsible for developing and delivering a suite of research and instructional services. She and her team have been working to integrate information literacy into HKBU's new four-year curriculum and general education initiatives, and have adopted an outcomes based approach focusing on learning outcomes, activities and assessment. She is also currently working on projects in the areas Learning Commons' services, research support, and eLearning, where as a member of the University-wide eLearning Support Team, she proactively bringing Library resources and services into this growing environment.

Before landing in Hong Kong in 2007, Dianne worked in the Middle East as an information services librarian at the Weill-Cornell Medical College in Qatar, and prior to that she began her career in her home country of Canada, at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. She holds masters degrees in library and information studies and in English literature, and claims that she has no idea how she has ended up as a science liaison librarian!



The costs for the Institute cover:
•  Course materials
•  4 night's accommodation
•  4 breakfasts
•  4 lunches
•  4 dinners
•  Library and cultural visits
•  Morning and afternoon teas
•  Service charge and taxes


Total cost

HKD$4,100 Twin Shared room
HKD$5,500 Single room. All costs are per person.



A small number of scholarships valued at HKD$1,600 are available for applicants who require financial assistance. If you wish to apply for a scholarship you should indicate this on the attached application form along with your reasons for requiring financial support. Scholarships are only available to participants choosing a shared room.



As the numbers for the Institute are strictly limited, the attached application form must be completed and received no later than March 15, 2011 at the following address:

Attention: Ms Kerry Leung
Main Library 4/F
University of Hong Kong Libraries
Pokfulam Road

or faxed to: +852 2858-9420
or email to: leader@lib.hku.hk
or submitted online at: http://lib.hku.hk/leadership/application.html

Successful applicants, including scholarship recipients, will be notified of their application status and payment methods by March 18, 2011. All due charges must be paid by April 8, 2011. No refunds will be permitted after this date.


The 9th Annual Library Leadership Institute is proudly sponsored by

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